A much closer look.. since the classic, lovable, blog-format welcomes the 40+ detail pics of a worn out old Saab with open arms..
..dozens of poorly-edited phone pics, taken in the rain..? Yes. Please. All of them.
But first, an Instagram-recap (and not entirely out of lazyness.. as cmon, it gets me warmed up...):
Softly spoken, a whisper: "turbo". Lower case. Uncapitalised. A gently nagging reminder via a tap on the shoulder, rather than the grab-by-the-collar-and-scream-in-the-face from Japanese manufacturers of the era. It's Saab, 1984, and a sad old 900 turbo at the wreckers on the weekend... #saab #saab900 #saab900turbo #900turbo #saabnation #turbo #1984
..and another look at the previous post's 1984 Saab 900 turbo sedan. I love getting the chance to play with these old things at the wreckers.. as they're just *so* different from what I'm used to. Nissan/Toyota/Honda/Mazda/whatever; things are all so (logically) similar.. regardless of how different they look, or the fact they're unrelated manufacturers. They just understandably go about things (engineering.. assembly..) the same way. Then I come across something like this, and it's just so.. odd. A clamshell bonnet that's weighted/sprung to slide forward and pivot up, doors that overlap where the sill would be, ignition barrel in the centre console, a clearly-labelled transparent fuse-box, the novelty-sized oil-cap.. the hinges.. the catches.. the way it's all held together; it's just different. Hell, the damn engine is mounted back-to-front! Satisfied curiosity making for a fun Saturday afternoon in the rain... #saab #saab900 #saab900turbo #900turbo #saabnation #turbo #1984
Everyone remember that Saab turbo I was posting about last week..? The one at the wreckers? Well you wouldn't think I'd be leaving *that* behind without a saabenir of some sort.. a little slice of 1980s-Sweden-does-turbo for my very own. SO.. cast aluminium, raised exceptionally-neat part number lettering, and raised.. unghf.. lowercase *turbo* lettering on the face; throw in the boost-pressure-brace-turned-kickstand on the end, and damn.. I'm in car-junk desk-ornament heaven! Besides.. everone needs a turbo crossover for a 1984 Saab 900 turbo, right!? Carefully wrapped in a 2007 Deakin University Annual Report found in the cars boot/trunk (it IS a Saab afterall; who'd you think would've owned it!), and carted home. Here it is cleaned within an inch of its now-pointless life, and ready for reassembly. Next up? A *pic* of it reassembled. Soon. Promise me you won't get too antsy with that imagination... #saab #saab900 #saab900turbo #900turbo #saabnation #turbo #1984
..bam! Surprised, yeah? Desk ornament of kings.. #saab #saab900 #saab900turbo #900turbo #saabnation #turbo #1984
..ahh, the nostalgia. Feels like it's June 2016 all over again..
But moving on to the task at hand...
June 1984 Saab 900 Turbo sedan.
6-or-so years into the 1st generation Saab 900's 15-year production run. These were the replacement for the 99, and had been available (as of 1984) as a 3dr hatch, 5dr hatch, and as here.. a 4dr sedan. A top of the line turbo sedan like this hit the market sometime early 1981 (the hatch being a year or two prior to this).. with this grille identifying it as a late-83-onwards model. Australian-new, this turbo sedan was over $30,000 in 1984...
..yes, right there in the console..
..yes, underneath the handbrake lever..
Again; 117H over C23 a lovely combination.
..and seeing as though I'm finally out of pictures:
That's it. That's all. We're done. A dash of Sweden added to the repertoire...